1) Stop Smoking
Smoking was strongly linked to high granulocytes in a study of 38K people. In a study of 1,730 people, granulocytes levels decreased after smoking was stopped .
2) Getting Enough Sleep
Neutrophil levels increased by 30% after a single night of no sleep in 16 people .
3) Reducing Stress
Stress may increase neutrophil levels, which means that avoiding or managing stress may help prevent your neutrophil levels from increasing .
4) Avoid Chemical Exposure
- Insect venom
5) Vegan and Ketogenic Diets
Ramadan is a religious practice in Islam that involves a month of intermittent fasts for most of the day (sunrise to sunset).
In a study of 28 Muslims, Ramadan decreased neutrophils by 18% .
Ramadan reduced neutrophils by 7% in 90 Muslims .
While fasting decreases neutrophils, it also improves their ability to engulf and destroy pathogens .
7) Boswellia serrata
Boswellia serrata gum resin (Indian frankincense) decreased eosinophils in a study of 80 people .
8) Garlic (Allicin)
Natural Diet & Lifestyle Approaches That May Increase Neutrophils If They Are Low
1) Intense Exercise
Several studies of 141 total people have found that intense exercise including endurance exercise and strength training can substantially increase neutrophil levels. Exercise releases neutrophils from the bone marrow at a higher rate [15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22].
2) Dark Chocolate
In a study of 22 people, caffeine increased neutrophil levels by 9%. In the group that exercised and supplemented with caffeine, neutrophil levels were increased by 58% .